Skip to main content

Paraguayan Orchids in Pirapo

Every end of winter, the primarily Japanese community of Pirapo, (est. 1960) located 30 minutes north of us, has their annual orchid festival. Here are some pictures of the showcased orchid species from Brazil, Japan and Hawaii, yet all seem to grow well here in the sub-tropical climate:












Did you know that there are more than 25,000 types of orchids! We serve a very creative God!















































This is the Japanese community center where the public could purchase orchids from Paraguayan growers. That is a sumo ring in the middle of the picture. Adjacent to the center is a baseball diamond, the only ones in our state are located in this city!

Since maintaining some of their culture elements (food, language, arts) is very important to this Japanese-Paraguayan community, their grocery store sells all kinds of Japanese imports, like seaweed, rice, packaged fish and seafood and even desserts! We always love going to Japanese restaurant in town because the food is excellent and authentic. There are five Japanese communities in Paraguay and many specialize in agriculture (soybeans and strawberries in our area). Here is a link and another with more on the history of Japanese emigration to Paraguay in 1936. We are thankful to live in a culture of cultures!

Comments

  1. Just wondering - what is the historical reason for a Japanese community existing in Paraguay?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Just added links to elaborate more on the Japanese emigration to Paraguay. Great question with a fascinating history!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm sorry to say that I hear that the orchid growers of Paraguay have focused more on growing the more well-known horticultural orchids of the world of outside of Paraguay than on preserving the species and habitat of the endemic species. I note that it is nearly impossible to find on the Web seed or seedlings of orchids of Paraguay's species.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

September highlights. A month in Paraguay

I want to thank you for hanging out with us this past month. Every day was different. Sometimes I wish I had more of a routine. But in my missionary role, routine is not something I experience very often. Here are a few September highlights.

We traveled to Asuncion, to get some paperwork done. The trip to Asuncion generally takes six hours on a two lane road, with crazy traffic. We avoid these trips as much as possible. 

I was part of a Baptism ceremony in the Parana River. 28 people made a public commitment. The Parana Rive is the second one in size after the Amazon River.



I had a chance to continue my bible teaching at our local church on Tuesday evenings. I fill in various classes and find teaching very rewarding.
We celebrated Anahi’s 6th birthday with our immediate family. Anahi is finishing her preschool and will start first great next year


We celebrated Dominick’s 4th month. He also got his shots last week. Dominick has occupied the center of attention. He has been a great joy for …

Christmas in Paraguay!

If you're wondering what Paraguayans do at Christmastime, they have some great traditions, including the "noche buena" meal on Christmas Eve at midnight.  They eat lots chipa guasu (a type of corn casserole, stay tuned for a recipe), asado or grilled meat (some eat it cold), salads, especially fruit salad, watermelon and drink mucho terere.


Families travel from all over the country, many even return from working in other countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Spain, to celebrate with loved ones. This is us at last year's Kurrle celebration in Asuncion. Festivities are anything but a silent night with fireworks, loud music and drinking cidra (hard cider). 



Most Paraguayans do not decorate Christmas trees (we decorate ours in shorts!) or emphasize Santa Claus.  Instead, they put beautiful nativities "pesebres" in their yards and in store fronts.  Kind of novel to focus on Christ at Christmas, isn't it!


To beat the heat, many Paraguayans go to a river to rel…

Technology in missions

As I started my day, within a few hours, I had a list of things to do. By 10 am I had enough items to keep me busy for a week. After several hours in the office, I was able to send audio messages and video conference with people on both side of the Equator. I sent letters out to several people in just a few seconds. I posted on FB, and I googled some maps while listening to a webinar.
Did my grandparents or even my parents have these technologies? The answer is no. David and Lilian Meier left on a steam ship the port of New Orleans in December of 1935 towards South America. All the field knowledge they had was a letter from a German missionary who wrote to America saying. Will someone come to Brazil?


That was the beginning. Their first trip lasted a decade serving in several places in South America. There where no phone calls, no daily FB updates and no cool Instagram pictures. Few words on a telegram, or when letters were written they delivered weeks later were the ways of communica…